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'Straight Outta Compton' goes to the top of the box office

By LINDSEY BAHR

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES —

The boys from Compton smashed opening weekend expectations, while the stylish "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." struggled to find its footing.

Universal's N.W.A. biopic earned an astonishing $56.1 million in its debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

According to the LA Times, an Atlanta theater topped the national ticket sales list over the weekend. Nine out of the top 10 theaters were in southern California, but Regal Atlantic Station took the top spot on the list.

According to Universal, the top 10 theaters for "Straight Outta Compton" ticket sales on opening weekend were:

1. Regal Atlantic Station in Atlanta

2. Regal L.A. Live Stadium14

3. AMC Burbank

4. Arclight Hollywood

5. AMC Orange 30

6. Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26

7. Pacific Theatres at the Grove

8. AMC Ontario Mills 30

9. Arclight Sherman Oaks

10. Cinemark 18 in L.A.'s Westchester neighborhood

Director F. Gary Gray's well-received film charts the formation and rise of the influential rap group. It cost just $29 million to produce.

N.W.A. members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube served as producers on the film, which has Ice Cube's real son O'Shea Jackson Jr. playing his father. Dr. Dre also released the companion piece "Compton," — his first new album in 16 years.

Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution, said they were "elated" with the results. Universal had previously predicted a very conservative $25 to $30 million opening.

"It really struck a chord with audiences. It's a story that is resonating right now," said Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak's senior media analyst. "It was one of those records that was an important work and a very important expression of a particular viewpoint. To this day, that album has so much power."

Beyond the fandom around N.W.A. and the timeliness of the themes, Universal also launched a clever marketing campaign around the film, "Straight Outta Somewhere," which allows social media users to insert photos in the iconic "Straight Outta Compton" album cover and write in a hometown of their choosing.

There have been over 5.4 million downloads to date and it trended No. 1 across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for two days in a row.

"We've got the best marketers in the business and they understand their audiences," Carpou said. "The good news here is it attaches to a product that we're exceedingly proud of."

According to exit polls, audiences for the R-rated film were evenly divided between genders, 51 percent were under the age of 30, 46 percent were African-American and 23 percent Caucasian.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. PG-13-rated adaptation of the 1960s television series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." debuted in third place, behind "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," with a sluggish $13.5 million.

"I was hoping for a little higher number, quite frankly," said Jeff Goldstein, executive vice president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. The goal had been a modest $15 million. The period spy thriller will have an uphill battle to make up its $80 million production budget.

"(Director) Guy Ritchie made an original and fun movie. Eighty-six percent of our audience was over 25 and 39 percent are over 50," he said. "Older audiences, we all know, don't rush out opening weekend."

"The Man From U.N.C.L.E." stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as a pair of American and Russian agents in the fashionable Cold War-era film.

Goldstein noted that they weren't able to attract a significant younger audience, who are likely not familiar with the source material. The 7 percent who did turn out gave the film a favorable A- CinemaScore, and Goldstein hopes that word-of-mouth will spread in the coming weeks.

Fox's "Fantastic Four" plummeted to $8 million to take the fourth place spot, while "The Gift" took fifth with $6.5 million.

But it's Universal's weekend to celebrate once more in what has become a banner year for the studio. Universal crossed the $2 billion mark domestically on Saturday — four months ahead of previous record-holder Warner Bros.

"Straight Outta Compton" is Universal's sixth film to open over $50 million in 2015 and broke the August record for an R-rated opening.

"If you were to create a blueprint for how to perfectly execute a box office year, they've done it," said Dergarabedian.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Straight Outta Compton," $56.1 million ($15,000 international).

2. "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," $17 million ($46.1 million international).

3. "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," $13.5 million ($12 million international).

4. "Fantastic Four," $8 million ($16.2 million international).

5. "The Gift," $6.5 million ($717,800 international).

6. "Ant-Man," $5.5 million ($5.6 million international).

7. "Vacation," $5.3 million ($1.9 million international).

8. "Minions," $5.2 million ($15 million international).

9. "Ricki and the Flash," $4.6 million.

10. "Trainwreck," $3.8 million ($6.2 million international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:

1. "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," $46.1 million.

2. "Go Away Mr. Tumor," $21.5 million.

3. "Veteran," $18.3 million.

4. "Fantastic Four," $16.2 million.

5. "Minions," $15 million.

6. "Brothers: Blood Against Blood," $12.7 million.

7. "Pixels," ''The Man From U.N.C.L.E." $12 million.

8. "Monster Hunt," $11.6 million.

9. "Inside Out," $11.4 million.

10. "Jurassic World," $8.9 million.

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I havent seen it yet.

I probably will. But i wonder who`s story they are using? Im mostly interested in seeing what happened around Easy death. A lot went down then that was never told to the general public.

I got their album the day it dropped. Back when there was stores in the mall you could get them from.

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I havent seen it yet.

I probably will. But i wonder who`s story they are using? Im mostly interested in seeing what happened around Easy death. A lot went down then that was never told to the general public.

I got their album the day it dropped. Back when there was stores in the mall you could get them from.

I was in middle school when they came out, but was never allowed to buy their albums. I was living in a Christian children's home and all we could listen to was Christian music or whatever was on STAR 94 at the time.

However, I was always a fan.

Im going to go see the movie in a week or two, after the crowds die down. I never watch any movie in the first 2 weeks that its out.

The thing I find most funny about it is, they made the most money in Atlanta. You would have thought that a theater in California would have made the most profit.

From what I heard from a coworker, who has seen it, it is very factual. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube both had a hand in making it. They were both producers in the movie.

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From what I heard from a coworker, who has seen it, it is very factual. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube both had a hand in making it. They were both producers in the movie.

I wonder what facts they are though? Like dre got ran out of cali. Then he met up with Jazy Z and when jay went to cali he got jacked in his own hotel room. They told him he had a phone call and it was shuge. They told him they had nothing but love for Jay since he hasnt shown nothing but love for Pac. They also told him he needs to hit 2pac up on a album if he loves him. They told him Dre cant protect you out here.

(Jay release a album with 2pac stuff on it so thats how they got paid. But he got to walk out the hotel room unharmed.)

Since then Jay and Dre never have really worked together on anything.

I had a DJ who told me about their first album dropping. Thats how i found out about it. So i bought a copy before anyone else could buy it.

He used to dj but would run down rap music by me to see what white people would like. smile.png Id give him feedback of what songs where hot and whats not.

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I wonder what facts they are though? Like dre got ran out of cali. Then he met up with Jazy Z and when jay went to cali he got jacked in his own hotel room. They told him he had a phone call and it was shuge. They told him they had nothing but love for Jay since he hasnt shown nothing but love for Pac. They also told him he needs to hit 2pac up on a album if he loves him. They told him Dre cant protect you out here.

(Jay release a album with 2pac stuff on it so thats how they got paid. But he got to walk out the hotel room unharmed.)

Since then Jay and Dre never have really worked together on anything.

I had a DJ who told me about their first album dropping. Thats how i found out about it. So i bought a copy before anyone else could buy it.

He used to dj but would run down rap music by me to see what white people would like. smile.png Id give him feedback of what songs where hot and whats not.

In HS I listened to 2Pac, Dr Dre, Bone, Master P, Mystikal, Silkk the Shocker, Juvenile, Nas, Coolio, etc...

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Rave, you are not as young as I thought if you were in middle school when the first album dropped.

I was wrong, I remember hearing about them in middle school, but in 1988 I was in elementary school.

Now I dont feel so bad about learning about them late. I was too young to know about them when they came out.

I was only 8, lol.

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I was wrong, I remember hearing about them in middle school, but in 1988 I was in elementary school.

Now I dont feel so bad about learning about them late. I was too young to know about them when they came out.

I was only 8, lol.

LOL youngster. I was a softmore in high school when Straight Out Of Compton came out. Was a hug fan. Will see this.
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